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History of the
Hillsborough, N. C.
Edited by: Pauline 0. Lloyd and
Allen A. Lloyd
History Committee :
1. Miss Rebecca Liner
2. Mrs. Virginia Gattis
3. Allen A. Lloyd, Chairman
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deemer's praise, affected me
"Tuesday, 19. I remain in New
York. I have not yet the thing
which I seek— a circulation of
preachers, to avoid partiality and
popularity "However, I am
fixed to the Methodist plan. . . .
Thursday, 22. My brethren
seem unwilling to leave the cities,
but I think I will show them the
way. ... "I am determined that no
man shall bias me with soft words
and fair speeches ... but
whomsoever I please or displease, I
will be faithful to God, to the
people, and to my own soul. . . .
"Maryland, Lord's day, September
1, 1776. I rode to Gunpowder-
Neck, and preached twice. My soul
was exceedingly happy in God,
both in preaching and meeting the
class. ... But alas! we hear of
bloodshed and slaughter. Many
immortal souls are driven to
eternity by the bloody sword. This
is a grief to my soul! Lord, scatter
them that delight in war, and thirst
for human blood! It is well for the
righteous that this is not their
"February 23, 1779. I have lately
been impressed with a deep
concern for bringing about the
freedom of the slaves in America,
and feel resolved to do what I can
to promote it I am strongly
persuaded that if the Methodists
will not yield on this point and
emancipate their slaves, God will
depart from them.
"February 11, 1791 ... "I have
served the church upward of
twenty-five years in Europe and
America. All the property I have
gained is two old horses, the
constant companions of my toil, 6
if not 7,000 miles every year. When
we have no ferry-boats, they swim
the rivers. As to clothing, I am
nearly the same as at first [none!];
neither have I silver, nor gold, nor
any property. . . .
"I soar, indeed, but it is over
the tops of the highest mountains
[in the Alleghenies] we have,
which may vie with the Alps. I
creep sometimes upon my hands
and knees up the slippery ascent.
... I have lived long enough to be
loved and hated, to be admired
Next week: No Prayer Books, Gowns, or Bands
Methodist Minutes, compiled and written by
Walter N. Vernon
American Methodist Bicentennial Subscription Service
© 1984 by Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee. Lrtho In USA. B2841
February 5, 1984
IN CELEBRATION OE THE AMERICAN METHODIST BICENTENNIAL
From Francis Asbury's
'n the 7th of August, 1771,
the [Methodist] Conference began
at Bristol, in England. ... It was
proposed that some preachers
should go over to the American
continent. I . . . made an offer of
myself. It was accepted by Mr.
Wesley and others. . . . "From Bris-
tol I went home to acquaint my
parents with my great undertak-
ing. . . . They consented to let me
"On Wednesday, September 4,
we set sail from a port near
Bristol. . . .
"Tuesday, 12. I will set down a
few things that lie on my mind.
Whither am I going? To the New
World. What to do? To gain hon-
our? No, if I know my own heart.
To get money? No: I am going to
live to God, and to bring others to
"I feel my spirit bound to the
New World, and my heart united
to the people, though unknown.
. . . The more troubles I meet with,
the more convinced I am that I am
doing the will of God.
"October 27. This day we land-
ed in Philadelphia, where we were
directed to the house of one Mr.
Francis Harris, who kindly enter-
tained us in the evening and
brought us to a large church [St.
George's], where we met with a
considerable congregation. Brother
[Joseph] Pilmoor preached. The
people . . . bidding ... us wel-
come with fervent affection, and re-
ceiving us as angels of God.
"Tuesday, 12. I preached at
New York to a large
congregation. . . .
"The Lord's day, 17, I found a
day of rest to my soul. ... I feel a
regard for the people: and I think
the Americans are more ready to
receive the word than the English;
and to see the poor negroes so af-
fected is pleasing, to see their sable
countenances in our solemn as-
semblies, and to hear them sing
with cheerful melody their dear Re-
washed the building with her own
hands. Within two years, at least a
thousand hearers were crowding
in — and around — Wesley Chapel,
later renamed John Street Church.
Barbara was only one of the
many women who helped to
strengthen the Wesleyan movement
in America. Though women were
not allowed to join the conference
as ministers, they ministered in
Sister S. Copeland in 1841
asked the Scioto Conference
(United Brethren) to allow her to
teach, preach, and exhort. The
conference was not willing to go on
record in this fashion, but advised
her to exercise her gifts as she was
able in promoting the cause of
Christ on earth.
The same conference two years
later was not as generous toward
Sister L. P. Clemens, claiming that
it thought the gospel did not
authorize women ministers. In 1847
the White River Conference (United
Brethren) gave half a loaf to
Charity Opherel. They granted her
freedom to engage in public
speaking, but did not include her
among the recognized preachers.
Asbury certainly recognized the
important place women have in
relation to religion and the church.
When he sent a Prayer Book to
General Washington in 1786, he
also included one for Mrs.
Washington. He knew that sensible
wives were a real help to their
husbands. He wrote to Nelson
Reed, presiding elder in 1795 of the
Baltimore District, "Dear Sister
Reed will play the soft counter of
love and tender feelings when you
are a little rough."
None of the strands now in
The United Methodist Church
accepted women in ministerial roles
in the earlier years, in spite of their
obvious talents and willingness to
serve the church. By a twist of fate,
the chief means of preaching the
gospel then — itinerant circuit
riding — was necessarily a male
Earl Kent Brown has pointed
out that active as women might be
in local situations, "the circuit rider
ministry was ill-conceived for a
woman. Even in England, travel by
a woman alone was dangerous. In
America, where the distances were
greater and the trails marked
poorly, if at all, a woman could not
travel as did the circuit riders
without risk of life and limb, on
the one hand, or without so
staining her reputation as to
destroy her ministry, on the
Next week: From Francis Asbury's Diary
Methodist Minutes, compiled and written by
Walter N. Vernon
American Methodist Bicentennial Subscription Service
1984 by Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee. Litho in USA. B1845
January 29, 1984
in (:ku-:bration()j- tih: AMERICAN METHODIST bicentennial
Starts a Church
X he first Methodist society
(or church) in New York was or-
ganized as a result of the dedica-
tion — and determination — of Bar-
bara Heck, an Irish immigrant to
America, who wasn't really Irish
but of German descent.
She joined the Methodists in
Limerick, Ireland, and came to
New York in 1760 with a group of
One day in 1766 Barbara found
some of the men of the family
playing cards in her own kitchen.
She seized the cards, threw them
into the fire, and warned them
about their careless and unworthy
habits. Then she went to see Philip
Embury, her cousin and a Method-
ist local preacher, declaring, "You
must preach to us or we shall all
go to hell together, and God will
require our blood at your hands."
"But I have no place to preach
and no congregation," he pointed
"Preach here in your own
house," Barbara answered," and I
will see to the congregation."
The next day Barbara had a
congregation: her black servant,
Betty, the Heck's hired man, John
Lawrence, her husband, Paul, her-
self, and presumably Mrs. Embury.
Embury continued preaching, re-
newed his local preacher's license,
and soon the service had to be
moved to a larger space. He organ-
ized a Methodist society that was
later called Wesley Chapel. In 1767
Captain Thomas Webb, an officer
in the English army who had
fought at Quebec, joined the so-
ciety and soon enlivened the con-
gregations with the eloquence of
his preaching. Webb and Embury
soon were preaching three times a
week to large audiences.
Barbara Heck urged the build-
ing of a chapel, and Webb and Em-
bury joined in. The latter, being a
carpenter, constructed the pulpit
himself and on October 30, 1768,
dedicated it. Barbara Heck white-
TABLE OF CONTENTS
J. Filmore — preached first Methodist sermon in N. C 1
Bishop Asbury visit 1
First Methodist Conference 1
North Carolina Circuit divided into three circuits 1
Tar River 1
New Hope 1
Pastors that served New Hope Circuit 2
Pastors that served Haw River Circuit 4
1797 — New Hope Circuit changed to Haw River 4
Pastors seiwing Hillsborough Methodist Church 1837-1961 4
Francis Asbury 5
Pastors — Biography 6
H. P. Cole 6
B. F. Guthrie 6
Alexander Raven 6
J. T. Harris 6
N. F. Reid 6
L. E. Thompson 6
J. G. Nelson 7
W. H. Puckett 7
William Barringer 7
W. H. Bobbitt 7
D. N. Caviness 7
J. H. Wheeler 7
J. 0. Guthrie 7
Thomas M. Grant 7
James M. Lowder 7
J. M. Ormond 7
J. L. Smith 7
F. A. Lupton 9
A.J. Parker 9
S. F. Nicks 9
J. V. Early 10
C. S. Hubbard 12
W. L. Maness 12
A. M. Williams 12
W. A. Seawell 12
S. T. Kimbrough 12
Hillsborough Methodist Church Organized 1807 13
First Church 13
Deed from Dr. James Webb 1-1
Hillsborough Methodist Church— 1859 14
Deed from H. N. Brown 14
Built by Capt. John Berry 15
Board of Stewards 1 5
New Methodist Church dedicated October 1861 15
The Bible— 1860 16
First Parsonage— 1891 1 6
Second Parsonage — 1903 16
Present Parsonage (1957-1958) 17
Sunday School (1908-1909) 17
Miss Carrie Dunn, Treasurer 17
Membership Methodist Church— Hillsborough (1910) ' 18
Mr. "Speck" Faucette, Treasurer 18
Hillsborough Charge consisted of seven churches 21
Choir Director, Organist, and Pianist that give their service
free of charge 25
Superintendents of Sunday School (1900-1961) 28
Sunday School Teachers (1900-1961) 28
Enrollment Hillsborough Methodist Church (1961) 28
Several places that were found on a map of Hillsborough, found
in papers of John L. Bailey (U.N.C. Library) 31
1852-1881 Statistics .■ 32
This book was conceived, written and pub-
lished in a period of about ten months. Such ac-
complishment would have been impossible with-
out the fine spirit of cooperation from Miss
Rebecca Liner, Mr. James Cheshire, Sr., Mr. R.
R. Hooker, Mr. E. M. Lynch, Mr. A. H. Graham,
Mrs. Gladys Coley, Mr. Dalton Loftin, Mrs. Kath-
ryn Knight, Mrs. S. F. Nicks, Dr. H. W. Moore,
Mrs. Virginia Gattis, Mrs. Lucy Mayfield Gattis
(Washington, D. C), Mrs. Pauline Lloyd, Miss
Evelyn Lloyd, Dr. C, E. Maddry, Mr. J. Clyde
Ray, Rev. S. T, Kimbrough, Jr., and others.
The history was prepared and read at the ob-
servance of the 100th anniversary of the present
church building of "The Hillsborough Methodist
Church" (Oct. 1961).
Hillsborough Methodist Church was organized about 1807. It belonged
to the Haw River Circuit. The first preaching services were held in the
The Hillsborough community was first served by the Methodist Min-
isters assigned to the Brunswick Circuit. North Carolina Circuit was
formed May 21, 1776 — from Virginia. A map of N. C, 1780, gives the four
circuits: West — Yadkin Circuit; Central — New Hope Circuit; East — Tar
River Circuit (Raleigh) ; North-East — Roanoke Circuit.
Hillsborough (1779) was in the New Hope Circuit. Later Hillsborough
Methodist Church was made a member of the newly formed Raleigh Dis-
trict. In 1866 the Hillsborough District was formed.
The first church was built of wood and bought from Dr. James Webb,
Feb. 1823. located on or near the property now owned by Mrs. Odell Clay-
ton. The second church was built by Capt. John Berry. The land was sold
to the church by H. N. Brown in year 1859.
The Bible in the church was printed at the University Press, Oxford,
London, England; sold by E. Gardner and Son, Oxford Bible Warehouse.
Written on the Bible is as follows: Methodist Episcopal Church, Hills-
borough, N. C, 1860.
The parsonage was bought April 13, 1891, from Mr. C. M. Parks. It
was located on the land now owned by Mr. S. Strudwick. The second par-
sonage was bought from James Webb, son of Dr. James Webb, April 30,
1903. The lot No. 94. It was remodeled about 1920 and a second story was
added. The present parsonage was built in the years 1957-58. The dedica-
tion service on Sunday, March 9. 1958, at 3 P.M.
Dr. James Webb sold the first church and land to the Hillsborough
Methodist Church, 1823. Dr. Webb's son sold the -fe*s* parsonage to the
church. ***S -
Dr. James Webb came here from Granville County. James Webb was
the son of Dr. James Webb, grandfather of Mr. Jim Cheshire. Mr. James
Webb was the father of three sons, John Cox Webb, Brown Webb and James
Webb (died young). Dr. James Webb also had another son, Mr. Thomas
Webb. He married Robina Norwood, 1854. To them were born nine chil-
dren. Two of them were James Webb and Thomas Webb. James Webb
married Annie Bond, 1902. He was the president of Eno Cotton Mills in
Hillsborough. To them were born four children. One of his sons was James
Webb, now connected with Cone Mills. Mr. James Webb married Margaret
Raney of Raleigh. Mr. Thomas Webb's other son was Thomas Webb (1871-
1939). First married Isabella Graham (1904). To them were born Thomas
Webb and John Graham Webb. John G. Webb married Mary Leigh, Hills-
borough, N. C. Two children: Isabella Webb and John G. Webb. John Gra-
ham Webb's father was a prominent textile manufacturer at Concord, N. C.
John S. Webb was descendant of John Wall Norwood and Annabella Giles,
who were married in 1826 and lived in the old Hogg Home, "Poplar Hill" —
at which is now called "Occoneechee," near Hillsborough, N. C. Now owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Culbreth.
Hillsborough was laid off in 1754 by William Churton on the north
bank of Eno River. The town contained about four hundred acres of land.
It was first called Orange, but its name was changed to Corbinton in a
very short time, for Francis Corbin. On November 20, 1759, it was in-
corporated under the name of Childsburg. In 1776 the name was changed
to Hillsborough, complimentary to the Earl of Hillsborough.
The only church in the town, at this period, stood on the site of the
present Presbyterian Church. It was erected by persons of the "Episcopal
persuasion." In 1784 it was made a school and free meeting' house, with the
preference given to Episcopal ministers. Later, it was made famous as the
place at which the first State convention — to consider the proposed Fed-
eral Constitution — met, July 21, 1788.
Within the mile-square of the Town of Hillsborough, there has been
as many as eight churches, as follows:
1. First Baptist Church. Organized on November 19, 1853.
2. Mount Bright Baptist Church. Organized 1866. The land was
p-iven by the widow of the Hon. William A. Graham, Governor of North
3. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Organized Aug. 24, 1824. The
land was given by Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin.
4. Mebane Chapel. Organized in 1913. Church was erected in 1914.
Land obtained from Abe and Annie B. Mebane.
5. Hillsborough Methodist Church. Organized in 1807.
6. Dickerson's Chapel AME Church. Organized in 1851.
7. Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. Organized in 1816.
8. Presbyterian Church for Colored People was organized in 1877.
In 1866 the Hillsborough District was formed. Rev. W. H. Bobbitt was
Presiding Elder. Rev. W. C. Wilson was pastor.
In 1866 Hillsborough Station consisted of Hillsborough, Cedar Grove,
Walnut Grove, Lebanon, and New Sharon.
In 1866 George Laws was chairman of the Board of Stewards; O.
Hooker was secretary.
In 1867, George Laws, treasurer, reported on April 28, "The time has
come when if the people expect to have preaching they must make up
their minds to pay for it."
Stewards 1867, Julia A. Hooker, Rebecca Smith, Robert Faucette, H. N.
Brown, D. D. Phillips, Lavmisia Phillips, George Laws, I. R. Gattis, H. L.
Owm, V. B. Turrentine, Olivia Brown, Laura Brown, I. Hedgpeth, Mary
E. Phillips, Rosa Hedgpeth, Cicero Faucette, Edwin L. Brown, 0. Hooker.
Mary Hooker and D. A. Robinson.
Church Library begun around 1868 — many secular and religious books.
Many books were donated by members of the church and community. Some
volumes were purchased by Sunday School classes for the library. Books
from life of Stonewall Jackson to Shakespeare, U. S. Census, and Ben
FrankMn-Milton's "Paradise Lost." Library Record Book records total of
937 volumes. Must have been count about early 1870's.
In 1868, J. G. B. Cooley was librarian. The books were checked in and
out each Sunday morning.
Largest number checked out on given Sunday, (68) — Feb. 9, 1868.
Use of library eventually diminished. The church has now in its pos-
session only two or three of the original volumes of this large church
1861 Jordan Hooker was sexton and was salaried $2.25 a month.
1867-68 George Laws, Treasurer.
1869-71 Edwin S. Brown, Treasurer.
1871 Dr. C. C. Taylor, Treasurer.
1872 James R. Gattis, Treasurer.
1873 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer.
1874 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer.
1875 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer.
1876 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer.
1877 J. R. Gattis, Treasurer.
1878 C. C. Taylor, Treasurer.
1879 C. C. Taylor, Treasurer.
Amount subscribed for support of Hillsborough Station in 1869 was
$662. Total amount collected $676.03.
1880 J. H. Wheeler, Treasurer; also pastor. Pastor's salary $300.
Hillsborough Recorder, published by Dennis Heartt, 1861, gave the
appointments of preachers of the N. C, Conference 1861-62. Hillsborough
Church and Hillsborough Circuit*646s3 J in the Raleigh District; Wm. Bar-
ringer was the presiding elder.
At this time the districts were as follows :
1. Raleigh District, Wm. Barringer. P.E.
2. Greensborough District. N. F. Reid, P.E.
3. Salisbury District. Wm. H. Bobbitt, P.E.
4. Washington District. Ira T. Wyche, P.E.
5. Newbern District. Wm. Closs, P.E.
6. Wilmington District. C. F. Deems, P.E.
7. Fayetteville District. P. Daub, P.E.
First Hillsborough Methodist Church 2
Hillsborough Methodist Church (1878-1928) 3
Bishop Asbury 5
H. P. Cole 5
J. M. Ormond 8
S. F. Nicks 8
J. L. Smith , 8
J. V. Early 8
C. S. Hubbard 11
W. L. Maness 11
A. M. Williams 11
W. A. Seawell 12
S. T. Kimbrough 12
Methodist Church— 1946 13
Present Parsonage 16
First Parsonage 17
Sanctuary Methodist Church 20
G. A. Brown 20
New Sharon Methodist Church 21
Lebanon Methodist Church 22
Union Grove Methodist Church 22
Cedar Grove Methodist Church 23
Eno Methodist Church 24
Palmar Grove Methodist Church 25
Walnut Grove Methodist Church 26
First Baptist Church 28
Hillsborough Baptist Church 27
Presbyterian Church 27
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church , 27
R. 0. Forrest 33
J. L. Brown 33
J. Sco : : 33
Mrs. O. L. Thomas 33
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Turner 34
S. M. Ga ttis 34
J. Clyde Ray 34
Charlie James ; 34
•J. B. Midgett 35
Mr. "Speck" Faucette 35
Dr. H. W. Moore 35
1. The World Book Encyclopedia.
2. N. C. Conference Historical Society.
3. The Life of Bishop Asbury, By Herbert Asbury.
4. History of Methodism in N. C, By W. L. Grissom.
5. U.N.C. Library (N. C. Room).
6. Duke University Library — Collection of Documents in 1879.
7. Register of Deeds Office, Orange County, Hillsborough. N. C.
(Book No. 20, Page No. 378.)
(Book No. 57, Pages No. 208-209.)
8. Treasurer's Book (Hillsborough Methodist Church). (1910).
9. History of Orange County (By Lefler and Wager).
10. Letter written by J. L. Harris (November 26, 1874).
11. News Clipping— 1950.
12. N. C. Methodist Hand Book (1905).
13. The Age of Orange (By Ruth Blackwelder) .
14. Map of Hillsborough (By John L. Bailey).
15. Happy Valley by Thomas Felix Hickerson.
In the year 1700 John Wesley founded a new Protestant group. At
first, it was called the United Society. This was criticized very much.
Then they called the new group Methodists. It later became the accepted
title for the denomination.
In the United States, the Methodist Episcopal Church grew rapidly.
In 1844, this body split on the question of slavery. The Southern members
broke away from the main body to form the Methodist Episcopal Church
South. The Methodist Protestant Church became another branch of the
main church. Still another division was the Free Methodist Church, which
insisted upon a return to the simple living and strict practices of earlier
days. A plan of union was adopted in 1939 by uniting conferences of the
various Churches. The Methodist Church was formed from a combination
of the Methodist Protestant Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church
South. Doctrines of the Church are based on the specific teachings of
The government of the Church in America is episcopal, which means
that it is organized with bishops as its head. The governing body is a
General Conference which meets once in four years.
Methodists make up one of the largest of all Protestant groups. They
are found throughout the world. In the United States more than 8,600,000
Methodists belong to about 40,000 Churches. One of the first Methodist
Churches in the United States was constructed in 1768 in New York.
Robert Strawbridge had built a log cabin church in Maryland about four
years earlier. (From The World Book Encyclopedia)
J. Filmore is credited with having preached the first Methodist sermon
in North Carolina at Currituck Court House in 1772. After the Revolution,
Francis Asbury worked almost single handed, and a miracle seemed to
happen. The Methodists alone seemed to prosper more than the other re-
ligious groups. It developed an amazing strength in small towns and the
Methodists were from the outset frankly evangelical and were not re-
strained by doctrine obstacles from carrying the gospel to rich and poor
wherever and whenever they could be found.
Bishop Asbury visited all parts of the state, in about the year 1780.
He rode seven miles to Hillsborough and preached in the house of Mr.
Cortney, a tavern, to about 200 people, en Hosea 10:12, "It is time to
seek the Lord". August 12, 1780, he stated that they were decent and well
behaved. (From: N. C. Conference Historical Society)
The first Methodist Conference in America- was held in Philadelphia
July 1, 1773. Robert Williams was assigned to Petersburg. The revival
which had already begun, continued throughout the year, and the follow-
ing year Williams formed the Brunswick Circuit, the first Virginia Circuit.
The Brunswick Circuit soon extended southward into North Carolina. The
Hillsboro Community was first served by the Methodist Ministers assigned
to the Brunswick.
North Carolina Circuit was formed May 21st, 1776 from Virginia.
At this Conference there were four new circuits added, which were: Fair-
fax, Hanover, Pittsylvania, and Carolina.
One of the earliest reports indicates that there were 683 members on
the Carolina Circuit, which took in the central northern counties.
In 1778 the North Carolina- Circuit was divided into three circuits:
Roanoke, Tar-River, and New Hope Circuits. The New Hope Circuit took
its name from a small creek in Chatham that empties into Haw River. It
included portions of Orange, Chatham, Cumberland, and Wake Counties.
The Circuit foundation was laid by James O'Kelley with the help of
Beverly Allen. (From: History of Methodism In North Carolina — by W.
A map of North Carolina, 1780, gives the four circuits: West — Yadkin
Circuit; Central — New Hope Circuit; East — Tar River Circuit (Raleigh);
North-east — Roanoke Circuit.
In 1797 the Haw River Circuit took the place of the New Hope Circuit.
The Hillsborough Methodist Community was then served by the pastors of
In 1884, H. N. Brown reported that the Sunday School at Hillsborough
had celebrated its 100th anniversary. He reported that there were thirty-
five pupils and seven teachers. He stated that there was a school library
that used our Church literature.
Scon the Hillsborough Methodist Church was made a member of the
newly formed Raleigh District. Up to 1854, preachers were listed for a
In the year 1336 the Hillsborough District was formed. In this new Dis-
trict were: Hillsborough. Chape] Hill, Durham, Haw River. Franklinville,
Guilford, Alamance, Leasburg, and Person.
Pastors that served New Hove Circuit:
1779 James Kelly and Phillip Adams
1780 Francis Poythress and John Major
1781 Phillip Bruce
1782 James White
1783 Henry Willis
1784 Joshua Worley
1785 Henry Jones
1788 William Partridge
This is believed to be a picture or a picture similar to that of the First
Methodist Church in Hillsborough in year 1823. The land bought from Dr.
James Webb. The house used as the church was built before the land was
Hillsborough Methodist Church
Rev. J. H. Wheeler's wife's grave 187
1787 John Baldwin
1788 Henry Ogburn and John Ellis
1789 Thos. Anderson and Daily Baird
1790 Isaac Lowe, R. Wiley, and Mr. Tracy
1791 J. Cannon, F. Roper, and S. Edney
1792 J. Tare, Henry Hill, and J. Jackson
1793 A. Suggs and William Wells
1794 William Ormand and L. Dyson
1795 L. Mansfield and George Martin
1796 Phillips Sands and William Kenyon
*1797 This year the Circuit changed to Haw River
1797 William Earley and Lewis Garrett
At a conference held in November, 1797, Joseph Pinnell and Samuel
Hooser were appointed to the Circuit, and at the conference held in April
1798, Joseph Pinnell and Collin Hill were appointed to the Circuit.
1799 Samuel R.
1800 Robert Wilkerson and Jessie C.
1801 John West
1803 Lewis Taylor
1804 Josiah Phillips
1805 Samuel Garrard
1806 John Weaver and McLelland
1807 William Beam and Joel Arrington
1808 B. Arendale and Thomas Cook
1809 John French and Thomas Burgess
.T. M. Arthur and .lene Brown
1810 J. M. Arthur and Jepe Brown
1811 John Moore and Jesse Branch
1812 Thomas Mann and Pete Wyatt
1813 Thomas Mann
1814 Lewis Skidmore
1815 James Sanford and Abraham Trail
1816 Jepe Branch and William Peobles
1817 Hugh McCain Ml J I
1818 C. S. Mooring and Peter D. '
1819 Isaiah Harris and J. Parker ^- ./ , 3%
1820 Francis A. Ward w^
1821 Peter D. j^ /%}<?
1822 Rufus W.
1823 Thomas Mann and J.W. Witten <\ A . ./ )<Zh%) ^]&/ Je
1824 Jacob Hill and DaviH Roberts
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Benton Field and T. Barum
1828 Henry J. Evans and B. Kidd
1829 William Compton and J. Goodman -> ,
James Reid ana J. J. Hicks O^T /^3
1831 James Reid and J. P. Owen
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1832 Isaac Haines U&C C^, t ' u / a ) „ <.
1833 Isaac Haines ■> A' ^"^ >f
Pastors serving Hillsbvro Methodist Church 1837-1961:
1837 Addison Lea 1856 T. W. Moore, Circuit
1851 W. H. Brown, Station 1857 Henry Gray
1852 A. H. Johnson, Circuit 1858 S. D. Peeler, Hillsborough
1853 J. L. Fisher, Station 1859 S. D. Peeler, Hillsborough
1854 N. A. Hooker. Circuit 1860 B. F. Guthrie
1855 H. T. Hudson, Station 1861 'B. F. Guthrie
Hillsborough District: Wm. M. Walsh (From Hillsborough Recorder) By:
Dennis Heartt) .
S. D. Ruler
Alexander R. Raven
N. F. Reid
W. C. Wilson
W. H. Bobbitt
S. W. Crawford
J. T. Harris
J. T. Harris
H. P. Cole
H. P. Cole
J. H. Wheeler
J. H. Wheeler
J. H Wheeler
J. H. Wheeler
1880-1882 J. 0. Guthrie
1883-1885 J. E. Gray
L. E. Thompson
J. G. Nelson
1888-1890 W. H. Puckett
J. M. Lowder
1893 D. N. Caviness
1894 D. N
1895 D. N. Caviness
1896 L. L
1897 J. M
E. W. Fox
J. E. Bristone
M. M. McFarland
C. R. Ross
J. M. Ormond
T. M. Grant
J. E. Blalock
S. F. Nicks
J, L. Smith
A. J. Parker
F. A. Lupton
J. V. Earlev
S. F. Nicks
C. S. Hubbard
W. L. Maness
A. M. Williams
W. A. Seawell
S. T. Kimbrough, Jr
FRANCIS ASBURY was the "Father of American Methodism". He
was born near Birmingham, England, 1745. In 1771 he came to America
Bishop Francis Asbury
Rev. H. P. Cole
Pastor ■ — - HillsborougJi, N. C.
as a Missionary. He traveled about 6,000 miles a year on horse-back. He
was the first circuit rider in America.
In 1784, John Wesley appointed Asbury and Thomas Coke joint super-
intendents of the Methodist societies in America. Later, Asbury was elected
to the same position at a conference of Methodist preachers in Baltimore.
This was the beginning of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United
States. Asbury was the real head and used the title of Bishop.
Dr. Thomas Coke in 1786, stopped at the home of Thomas Grenshaw,
in Hanover County, Virginia, and organized the first Sunday School in
the United States. From this school came John Charleston, a noted Metho-
dist itinerate who as a boy attended the first session and was converted
soon afterward. Asbury formed no fewer than a hundred of them in
various parts of the United States.
(From: The Life of Bishop Asbury — By Herbert Asbury — Page #186)
1780 — New Hope Circuit
Bethel Academy, built entirely by subscriptions raised on the circuits.
80' by 40', 3 stories high.
The legislature, at an early period, made a donation of 6000 acres of
land to Bethel Academy, located in Christian County, South of Green River.
The project originated with Mr. Asbury, Francis Poythress, Isaac
Hite, of Jefferson; Colonel Hinde, of Nelson; Willis Green, of Lincoln;
Richard Masterson, of Fayette; and Mr. Lewis, of Jessamine.
Among the eight pioneers of Methodism in Kentucky and Tennessee
in the year 1788, the name F. Poythress stands preeminent. By those
intrepid heroes of the Cross the foundation of Methodism was laid in
those states, on which others have since built, and others are now building.
Their names ought to be held in grateful remembrance by all who love
our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth.
Rev. Hiram Pearson Cole was married in 1878 to Lucy Ann Phillips
of Hillsboro. He died in 1883, leaving beside his widow two girls,
Elizabeth, age 2% years and Lucy Mayfield Cole, 1 year old. He joined
N. C. Conference in 1866, served in Hillsboro, Raleigh, Winston, and Con-
cord. He died in his first year on the Concord Circuit, after serving the
Main Street Concord Church four years.
The Phillips family lived in the house now owned by Mrs. Mary Riley.
They donated the silver Communion Service which is displayed in the
vestibule of the Hillsboro Methodist Church.
This information was furnished by Lucy Mayfield Cole, married to
Mr. Thomas Gattis, who lives in Washington, D. C.
B. F. Guthrie was born 1817, in Chatham County, North Carolina.
Joined the conference in 1858, Newbern, N. C. Rev. Guthrie served in
Hillsboro, N. C. in 1860 and 1861. He died in 1862 in Virginia and was
buried in Chatham County.
Alexander Ra,ven was born 1833, Greene County, North Carolina. He
joined the conference 1860 at Salisbury, N. C. Rev. Raven served Hillsboro
in the year 1863. Died 1901, and was buried in Mt. Olive, N. C.
J. T. Harris was born 1844, Davidson County, N. C. Joined the con-
ference 1870, at Greensboro, N. C. He served Hillsboro 1872 and 1873. He
died 1890 and was buried in Durham, N. C.
N. F. Reid was born 1825, Rockingham County, North Carolina.
Joined conference 1851. He served Hillsboro, N. C. 1864 and 1865.
L. E. Thompson was born 1855, Moore County, North Carolina. He
joined conference 1878 at Charlotte, N. C. Served Hillsboro, N. C. in the
year 1886. Rev. Thompson died in 1931 and was buried in Lexington, N. C.
J. G. Nelson was born 1862, Iredell County, North Carolina. Rev.
Nelson served Hillsboro in 1887.
W. H. Ptickett was born 1856, Tyrrell County, North Carolina. He
joined conference 1886, Reidsville, N. C. Served Hillsboro, N. C. 1888 and
1889. He died 1912 and was buried in Smithfield, N. C.
W. H. Bobbitt was born 18/6 at Halifax County, North Carolina.
Joined the conference 1846 at Newbern, N. C. He served Hillsboro, N. C,
in 1867, 1868, and 1869.
Willia7n Barringer was born 1816 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
Joined the conference 1844 at Columbia, S. C. He served Hillsboro, N. C.
in 1870. Rev. Barringer died in 1873, and was buried in Greensboro, N. C.
D. N. Caviness was born 1850, Moore County, North Carolina. He
entered the conference 1892 at Goldsboro, N. C. Served the Hillsboro
Church 1893, 1894, and 1895. He died 1937 and was buried in Raleigh, N. C.
J. H. Wheeler was born in 1810, in Newark, N. J. He joined the con-
ference in 1834 at Charleston. S. C. Rev. Wheeler served Hillsboro, N. C,
in 1876, 1877, 1878, and 1879.
J. O. Guthrie was born 1855 at Chatham County, North Carolina. He
joined the conference in 1879 at Wilson, N. C. Served Hillsboro, N. C. in
1880-1882. Rev. Guthie died 1927 and was buried in Dillon, S. C.
Thomas McMillan Grant was born in Wilmington July 28, 1886. He
was the son of Reuben and Elizabeth McMillan Grant. Rev. Grant was
admitted to the North Carolina Conference in 1909. Served the Hillsboro
Church in 1915-1916. On December 8th, 1910, he married Miss Malene Har-
rell. Mrs. Grant died April 20th, 1915. He re-married June 13th, 1918 to
Miss Marie Hooker.
Thomas M. Grant was a faithful, honored and loved preacher. He was
buried at Rocky Mount, N. C. His funeral service was conducted by
Bishop Paul N. Garber.
Rev. James Monroe Lowdcr was born in Stanly County near Albe-
marle on Dec. 31st, 1852. He was married to Miss Sue Shanklin March
23rd, 1881. He was licensed to preach at Fayetteville in Feb. 1885. Died
at Rutherford College, N. C. August 16, 1940. He was buried at Norwood,
Jesse Marvin Ormond (1878-1959) was born in Greene County, North
Carolina, the son of John James and Nancy Jane Ormond. His was a
goodly and godly heritage, and he lived up to the obligations of that heri-
Dr. Ormond was an alumnus of Duke University, having received
his A.B. degree from Trinity College in 1902. He received his theological
training in Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago. He was
awarded the B. D. degree from the former institution in 1910. Randolph-
Macon College conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him in
Dr. Ormond's work was divided between pastorate and the school-
room. His pastorates included the following charges: Leasburg, Hillsboro,
Hertford, and First Church, Elizabeth City. He held professorships in
Southern Methodist University and Duke University. He also served as
director of the rural church work of the Duke Endowment. He supervised
the work of more than 1,200 Duke students who served as assistant pastors
in the rural field.
Dr. Ormond's success was due in large measure to the inspiration of
his almost lifelong sweetheart and wife, Katrina Kern. To them were born
the following children who survive him: Reverend J. Kern Ormond, Mrs.
Thomas Lide, Mrs. Wannamaker Harden, Mrs. Minetree Pyne, and Mrs.
Jackson Lafayette Smith was born August 8, 1876 in the Cold Springs
Dr. Jesse Marvin Ormond
Pastor — HiUsboro 1911-1915
. tf. Smith
Rev. S. F. Nicks
Pastor at HiUsboro
Rev. J. V. Early, D.D.
Pastor HiUsboro Methodist Church
community of Cabarrus County, about 4 miles from Concord. He is the son
of the iaie Francis Marion Smith and Susan Hedrick Smith. His living
brothers are J. J. and C. C. Smith of Kannapolis, and his sister is Mrs.
Horace Blackwelder, of Charlotte.
In 1898 he went to Charlotte where he went to work for a Whole-
sale groceryman and later opened his own store.
"All the time", he said, "I felt the call to preach," but he could not
tear himself away from the grocery business. Finally the day came when
he went home and told his wife of his life's ambition.
Mr. Smith was educated in the public schools in Cabarrus County, a
private school in Charlotte, tutored by the late Dr. J. E. Davidson, widely-
known Presbyterian minister, attended Weaver College, Emory University,
and Duke University.
He and Mrs. Smith have three children: Mrs. George Gilmore of Hills-
boro, Mrs. W. H. Stokes, Greenville, S. C, and Fred A. Smith of Zebulon,
superintendent of Wake County Schools.
Mr. Smith's first circuit was in McDowell County, his home in Marion.
His salary was $600.00 a year.
From Camden he was sent to Tyrrell County, then to Bladen County,
to Laurinburg in Scotland County, then to Hillsboro in Orange County,
and back east to Perquimans County at Winfall, and to Ahoskie and to
Northampton County, and finally to Oxford in Granville County, where
he retired in 1948. He came back to Cabarrus County and Kannapolis to
live on January 5, 1956. From: Local Newspaper, Kannapolis, N. C.
Frederick Arthur Lupton was born Nov. 6th, 1882, at Whortonsville,
Pamlico County, North Carolina. Educated at Trinity College, Durham, N.
C. He was admitted to the North Carolina Conference in 1913. His Minis-
try was spent in North Carolina, but for the exception of one pastorate
at Scranton, S. C.
He married Miss Reva Bridgman, of Lake Lanning, North Carolina.
They were blessed with four sons and one daughter.
After retiring, he lived in Graham, N. C. Died October 3, 1954 at
Wesley Long Hospital, Greensboro, N. C. The Masons had charge of the
grave side service. He was pastor of Cedar Grove Methodist Church and
Hillsboro Methodist Church in Orange County.
Rev. Asa Joseph Parker was born in Hertford County, North Caro-
lina Oct. 6th, 1867. He joined the Church while a small child. Joined the
North Carolina Conference in 1889.
On Nov. 13, 1889, he was married to Miss Martha M. Barrow of Hert-
ford County. There were three children. Besides their own children, they
reared two others, Catherine Jones and Charles Vale, Jr. He sang the
gospel as well as he preached. He served Hillsboro 1928-1931. Died Aug.
31, 1932 and was buried in Raleigh, N. C.
A Sketch of the Life of Rev. S. F. Nicks
Samuel Freeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Nicks, eight miles south
of Mebane in Orange County, North Carolina, was born January 21, 1874.
Rev. Nicks attended Caldwell Institute in Orange County finished
there in the spring of 1899. He entered Trinity (now Duke University)
that fall and was in the graduating class of 1903. In December, 1903, he
was admitted to the North Carolina Conference at Goldsboro. Rev. Nicks
married Miss Emma Woods of Hillsboro, N. C, on December 24, 1903.
Rev. Nicks served his first charge at Burlington Circuit. He remained
there four years. Burlington Circuit was composed of eight churches:
Glenco, Big Falls, Carolina Bethel, Mt. Vernon, Shiloh, Prospect and
Cedar Grove 1933-1940
Rev. Hicks retired in 1945 at Conference in Goldsboro.
Rev. Nicks served as pastor of the Hillsboro charge twice during his
ministry. His first period began in November 1923 and ran until Nov.,
During this time he served five churches: Hillsboro, West Hillsboro,
New Sharon, Lebanon, and Palmer's Grove. It was said "by members of
other churches that Brother Nicks was worth his salary just to live in
the community, and some members of other churches offered to raise a
salary for him to remain in the community after his fourth conference
year was completed.
Rev. Nicks returned to Hillsboro thirteen years after his first period
of service on our charge. The charge at that time consisted of four
churches: Hillsboro, New Sharon, Palmer's Grove and Union Grove.
Shortly after the beginning of this term of service, he suggested a
twelve thousand dollar addition of rooms to be added as a part of the
regular church building. Several business meetings were held and Mr.
Robert Forrest and A. A. Lloyd were elected to raise the necessary money.
For every three thousand dollars raised, the Duke Endowment Fund
would give one thousand dollars.
It was a hard job to raise this money, but by hard work it was finally
done. A lot of free labor was given. Rev. Nicks worked long hours in this
work, raising money and doing the carpenter work.
Rev. Nicks is one of the greatest pastors who has ever served the
Hillsboro Charge. He was loved, not only by the members of the Methodist
Church, but by all who knew him, regardless of church affiliation, de-
nomination, race or color. He was a man who would never say "No" when
something was being done for a brother or sister.
Rev. S. F. Nicks served forty-two years in the Durham District. He
and his family moved in their own home, which is across the street from
the last parsonage in which they lived, in Hillsboro, N. C. He died October
Rev. Joyce V. Early, D. D. — (106 Rockingham Road, Rockingham, N. C.)
Rev. Early, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Early of Raleigh. Born
in Lattimore, N. C. and lived in Person and Granville Counties.
He was educated in the public schools of N. C, Asbury College, As-
bury Theological Seminary, and the Duke Divinity School. He was awarded
Doctor of Divinity degree by the Asbury Seminary in May, 1956.
He joined the N. C. Annual Conference in 1934, and has served the
following appointments: Mamers, 2 years; Hillsboro, 4 years; Smithfield,
4 years; and four years as pastor of Grace Church, Wilmington. He is
now beginning his second year as pastor of First Church, Rockingham.
He has led in the building of seven new churches; the organization of
four new congregations; the building of three new parsonages; and in
Wilmington, the construction of educational building at Grace Church.
Dr. Early was married to Miss Christine Stansbury of La Grange,
Texas, on December 28, 1934. One child, a son, J. Virgil Early, Jr., 22,
who graduated from the University of North Carolina, 1960. He is now in
the U. S. Army.
Rev. C. S. Hubbard
Pastor — Hillsboro 1915-1951
Rev. W. L. Maness
Pastor — Hillsboro
Rev. A. M. Williams
Pastor Hillsboro Methodist Church
Rev. W. A. Seawell
Pastor Hillsboro Methodist Church
Rev. S. T. Kimbrough, Jr.
Pastor — Hillsboro 1958-
Rev. C. S. Hubbard, born at Sanford, N. C. Educated at U. N. C. and
Duke University. Served churches at Roseboro, N. C, Hillsboro Charge,
Raleigh and Chapel Hill. He has served nine years at Chapel Hill, N. C. and
served seven years at Hillsboro, N. C.
Rev. W. L. Maness was educated at Trinity College and Elcn College.
He joined the North Carolina Conference in 1915. He was ordained a
Deacon in 1917 and an Elder in 1919. Served in the active ministry for
forty-one years, in Erwm, Jackson, Raeford, Fayetteville, Siler City, Rox-
boro, Snow Hill, Yanceyville, Parkton, Gibson, Hillsboro, and Elm City.
Rev Maness averaged 3% years in each place.
He retired in 1956 at the age of 66, but he has done supply work
organizing Christ Church South, Graham, supplied five months at Pitts-
boro Circuit and has assisted many ministers on Sundays and in revival
Rev. A. M. Williams is now pastor of Fletcher's Chapel Methodist
Church, Route #5, Box 426-A, Durham, N. C. He is now nearing the close
of thirty years in the ministry. The preparation for his work was done in
the Duke Divinity School. Rev. Williams has spent sixteen years in the
Rev. W. A. Seawell entered the ministry in 1947, at the age of 32
years. He received his education at Elon College, Duke Divinity School,
and Emory University. Married and they have three children, 2 girls and
one boy. He served the following charges: the Pittsboro Charge, Pittsboro,
N. C; Salem-Chapel Charge, Graham, N. C. ; Hillsboro Charge, Hillsboro,
N. C. and Roxboro, N. C. He now serves Carr Methodist Church, 107 N.
Driver Ave., Durham, N. C.
Rev. S. T. Kimbrough was born at Athens, Alabama, son of Rev. and
Mrs. S. T. Kimbrough. He was educated at Birmingham Southern College
and Duke University. He was Pastor of Acmar Methodist Church, Acinar,
Ala. Assistant Pastor, Eleventh Ave. Methodist, Birmingham, Ala., and
Youth Minister, Canterbury Methodist, Birmingham, Ala.. He is married
to Sarah Robinson Kimbrough, has four sons, David, Timothy, Steven,
and Mark. He is current pastor of Hillsboro Methodist Church. He is a
member of the North Alabama Conference.
HILLSBORO METHODIST CHURCH
ORGANIZED — 1807
HILLSBORO METHODIST CHURCH was organized about 1807. It
belonged to Haw River Circuit, and its preachers were William Beam and
Joel Arrington. The first preaching services were held in the old Court-
In 1821, in a letter written by Rev. Henry Hardy, Dec. 14, 1821, and
printed in the Methodist Magazine, states a camp-meeting was held in
Hillsboro, and about thirty-eight joined the Methodist faith. They opened
a subscription for the purpose of raising funds to build a house of wor-
ship. They obtained many donations. The copy of the letter was written
by J. L. Harriss on November 26, 1874 at Hillsboro, N. C.
Book #2'0, Page-378: The Hillsboro Methodist Church bought from
James Webb February, 1823. This deed has been checked by two lawyers
and is believed to be true.
Built 1857 by Captain John Berry
This indenture made the twenty-first day in the year of our Lord
1823, between James Webb of Orange County, of the one part and Thomas
Snipes of the County of Chatham and Joseph G. Bacon, William Robson,
William Faucette and Joel Reynolds of Orange County, Trustees for the
Methodist Episcopal Church established in the town of Hillsborough, of
the other part witnesseth that the said James Webb for and in considera-
tion of the sum of 10 shillings of lawful money of the state afore said to
them on hand paid by the said trustees at or before the sealing and de-
livering of these presents (the receipt whereof the said James Webb doth
hereby acknowledge) hath given granted bargained and sold aliened con-
formed and conveyed and doth by these presents give grant bargains sell
alien, confirm and convey unto the said Thomas Snipes, Joseph G. Bacon,
William Robson, William Faucette, and Joel Reynolds, Trustees as afore-
said and their successors in office a certain tract and parcel of land part
of a lot (on which part the house now stands) known in the plan of the
Town of Hillsborough by lot number 102 situated lying and being in the
town aforesaid and bounded as follows: Beginning on Tryon Street, thence
along said street East 44 feet, thence north 44 feet, thence west 44 feet,
then south 44 feet to the beginning on Tryon Street to have and to hold
the said lot and parcel of land to them and other successors in office in
Trust for the benefit of the Methodist Episcopal Church aforesaid, pro-
vided never-the-less upon this condition that they keep or cause to be kept
a Meeting House upon the said lot for the use and benefit of the Metho-
dist Episcopal Church aforesaid and in case of failure for ten years at
any one time to keep a building upon the said lot for the above mentioned
purpose then this grant and conveyance to be void and of no effect and the
said James Webb and his heirs may revert and the said James Webb
doth for himself and his heirs covenant to and with the said Trustees and
their successors that the said James Webb and his heirs the right of the
said Trustees, and other successors against the right title interest or claim
of the said James Webb and his heirs of all living other persons claiming
by through or under shall and will warrant and forever defend in wit-
nesseth whereof the said James Webb hath hereunto set his hand and
offered his seal this day and year above written.
James Webb (Sealed)
Feb. Ten, 1823
Signed In Presence of
Mr. James Webb was a Physician and lived near the home of Mr.
Sam Hughes. He owned a Drug Store located aci'oss the street. He owned
a large amount of land in Hillsborough, N. C. The church property went
back to the Webb family. As late as 1920, the Webb family owned this land.
The first Hillsboro Methodist Church was built of wood and located
on or near the property now owned by Mrs. Odell Clayton. This is west of
the R. E. A. Property. The house used as the Church was built before
the Methodist Church bought the land.
The leading members were as follows: Joseph G. Bacon. William Rob-
son, William Faucette, Joel Reynolds, Samuel Garrett, Thomas Holden,
William Harris, and William Brown (grandfather of N. W. Brown).
Mr. W. H. Brown (grandfather of N. W. Brown) came to Hillsboro
in the year 1840. He was on his way to Tennessee. He was talked to by a
Mr. Kirkland and decided to stay. His home was located near Walker's
Funeral Home. He owned the land where Corner Drug Store and Mary's
Shop are now located. Mr. Brown owned Demmock Mill and a Tannery
west of Hillsboro. He was the leading member in the old Methodist Church.
His wife was a French woman.
Church — 1859: The deed for the Hillsboro Methodist Church is re-
corded in Deed Book 36, Page 156 and 157, dated April 4, 1859, from Henry
N. Brown to Methodist Episcopal Church South, which conveys a tract of
land fronting on Tryon Street 100 feet, with a depth of 150 feet. The lot
number is 95.
Henry N. Brown sold the land to the Church April 4, 1859. $200.00
was paid for the land. Joseph Bacon, William H. Brown, William Stray-
horn, John McMann, Sam Filmore, Robert Faucette and Roscoe Hooker
were Trustees at this time.
The old church showed much sign of the tooth of time when its mem-
bers decided to build a new structure on a different lot. The money was
raised for the building, and Captain John Berry was given the contract.
He took the old building as part pay for the job and moved the timber
two miles east of Hillsboro and used it for outbuildings.
The Board of Stewards at this time, were Henry N. Brown, Chm.,
Dr. O. Hooker, Secretary and Treasurer. (Dr. O. Hooker was a medical
doctor and after he became unable to travel, he opened a drug store, now
known as James Pharmacy), Daniel D. Phillips, I. R. Gattis, D. A. Robert-
son, I. A. Hedgepeth, and H. L. Owens. The membership was composed of
many of the leading citizens of the town.
During the war, when the Confederates found that they were lacking
in cannons to hold their lines, they tried to get the church to donate the
bell to be melted and added to their cannon supply, but the church turned
down the proposition.
In 1886, the church had a membership of 81. It emerged from the
smoke of war, which had raged about it for four years, with many of her
members left on the battlefield and others scattered to the four corners of
the earth. (Since that day, some very strong men have served it as pastors:
N. H. Wilson, J. H. Wheeler, whose wife was buried in the front yard of
the church, W. C. Wilson, T. M. Grant, J. Ormond, S. F. Nicks, J. L.
Smith, and A. J. Parker).
This article was taken from the News and Observer, March 13, 1932.
At this time, there were 192 members in Sunday School, with 152 stu-
dents. J. Clyde Ray, Superintendent. The Epworth League with 26 mem-
bers, presided over by J. B. Midgett. The Charge Layleader was Professor
G. A. Brown, F. Y. Noell, Secretary; R. J. Forrest, Treasurer; J. L. Brown,
N. W. Brown, E. C. Liner, J. Clyde Ray, and Fred Smith were members
of the Board.
Preaching services First Sunday Nights, Second Sunday 11:00 a.m.,
and 7:30 p.m., Sunday School at 9:45. T. M. Arrowsmith was Mayor of
In 1851 considerable space was given to reports of the Sunday School
in the Districts of North Carolina. Hillsboro Circuit, 12 schools, 54 officers
and teachers, 415 scholars. The catechism of the church was placed at the
earliest time in the hands of the parents and children to help stimulate
the children to obtain the knowledge of God.
In 1880 the following papers were being used in the Sunday School
work: "Sunday School Teachers Magazine", Lesson Quarterlies, "Sunday
School Visitor", "Our Little People", and "The Infant Class". Song books
advertised were "The Gem", "Amaranth" and "New Life".
In 1881 a complaint was frequently heard, that some people were
observed leaving Sunday School and not remaining for Church. (No one
but the person himself was to blame). (From 1950 — News clipping)
In 1892, there were six Churches on the Hillsboro Methodist Charge.
The New Methodist Church in Hillsboro was dedicated to the service
of God by the Rev. William Barringer on the 6th day of October, 1861.
The text was Col. 1:27, 28 "Which is Christ in you the hope of glory;
whom we preach." (Rev. Barringer was P. E. of the Raleigh District).
The first sermon preached in the church by Rev. Jesse A. Curringgins,
from Psalms 51:12 and 13 verses.
When the church was first built the floor in the Sanctuary was slant-
ing' downward toward the pulpit. There was a large stove in the middle
aisle at the back of the church. The pipe that was used is still in the attic
of the church. There was also another stove where the organ is now lo-
cated. Several years later a furnace was installed in the Church the open-
ing for the floor furnace was on the east side near the first row of pews.
In the year 1935, a steam heating system was instated in our church.
This system is still being used but has been changed from a coal stoker
furnace to oil which is much simpler in operating.
In the summer of 1961 an air conditioning unit was installed.
The Bible in our Church was printed at the University Press, Oxford,
London, England, sold by E. Gardner and Son, Oxford Bible Warehouse.
Written on the Bible is as follows: Methodist Episcopal Church, Hills-
borough, N. C. 1860.
Hillsboro Methodist Church Parsonage — 1961
Parsonage: On April 13, 1891 Mr. C. M. Parks sold land to Hillsboro
Methodist Church. H. N. Brown, Sr., S. M. Gattis,, J. Harris, and a Mr.
Corley were trustees of the Church. (S. M. Gattis was Clerk of Superior
Court.) The first parsonage used was located on this land now owned by
Mr. S. Strudwick. The house now is the home of Mr. Paul Hogan. During
this time, Reverend Fox was pastor of the Hillsboro Methodist Church.
Miss Mary Spurgeon and Mrs. Mary Riley have told the story of visiting
the home of Rev. Fox about the year 1900. The house was sold to a colored
man by the name of Moore. Later, Mr. Paul Hogan's father bought the
April 29th, 1903 the members of the Hillsboro Methodist Church de-
sired a new location for the parsonage. They sold the land to Mr. S. Strud-
wick, and the house was moved to the present location, now occupied by
Mr. Paul Hogan.
The first Methodist Parsonage. Is o>ie of the oldest houses in Hillsboro.
At that time, it was located on the lot now owned by Mr. S. Strudwick.
Now the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Hogan
The land was bounded on the north by Union Street, east by James
Norwood, south by James Norwood, and west by Churton Street. The land
contained .9 acre.
Trustees were as follows: H. N. Brown, Sr., S. M. Gattis, J. A. Harris.
0. J. Forrest, and James Hedgepeth.
H. Hamilton was Clerk of Court at this time. (This information from
Book #57, Pages 208 and 209.)
The present location of the parsonage was bought from James Webb
April 30, 1903. George C. Corbin bought this property Oct. 30, 1878 and
sold the land and house to James Webb, Jr. and Joseph C. Webb, in
January, 1890. (James Webb, Jr. was a son of Dr. James Webb.) The land
north and east was owned by Mrs. Susan W. Graham. This lot was known
as no. 94.
James R. Gattis and Mary A. Gattis sold this property to George C.
Corbin October 8, 1878. One thousand three hundred and fifty dollars was
paid for the property.
The house used as the parsonage in 1903 was a five room house, one
story in height. Reverend Blalock was pastor about the year 1920 when
the house was remodeled and a second story was added. This house was
used until the year 1956 when Reverend Seawell was pastor.
The present parsonage was built in the years 1957-58. The dedication
service was on Sunday, March 9, 1958 at 3:00 p.m. The building committee
chairman was Taylor Bivins. The pastor, Rev. W. A. Seawell, was serving,
and the District Superintendent was Dr. C. D. Barclift. The cost of the
building was about $22,000.00. New Sharon Church and Hillsboro Metho-
dist Church built the parsonage together. Two years later, each church
became a station Church.
The lot #94 contains 264 feet depth and 165 feet frontage.
Sunday School 1908-1909
Rev. M. M. McFarland was pastor of the Hillsboro Methodist Church
in the year 1908. Miss Carrie Dunn was treasurer of the Sunday School
and J. A. Harris was superintendent. N. W. Brown was Assistant superin-
tendent. Teachers included Mr. H. N. Brown, Mrs. W. E, Steward, Mrs.
N. W. Brown, Mrs. M. M. McFarland, and Miss Maggie Forrest.
Collection for January $3.85
Collection for February 3.74
Collection for March 3.14
Collection for April 3.35
J. A. Harris
N. W. Brown
Mrs. H. N. Brown
R. T. Haley
Mrs. John Roach
O. D. Turner
J. C. Scott
H. N. Brown. Jr.
Mrs. R. T. Haley
Lee O. Brown
Mrs. W. L. Smith
Mrs. H. N. Brown, Jr.
Mrs. Charlie Crabtree
Bertie (A. T.) Lloyd
The membership of our Church School 1909 was 100. Mr. J. A. Harris
was superintendent, Mr. Bertie Lloyd, Assistant Superintendent, and Miss
Carrie Dunn, Secretary and Treasurer. Teachers were as follows: Mrs.
H. N. Brown, Mrs. N. W. Brown, Mrs. W. E. Steward, Mrs. M. M. Mc-
Farland, Mrs. R. T. Haley, and Mr. N. W. Brown.
Collections: Jan. $3.85 July $3.72
Feb. 3.74 Aug. 6.60
Mar. 3.14 Sept. 4.38
Apr. 3.38 Oct. 4.59
May 4.20 Nov. 3.39
June 5.78 Dec. 3.09
Membership Methodist Church — year about 1910
Mr. Speck Faucette — Treasurer
N. W. Brown
Rubie G. Brown
H. N. Brown
Henry Brown, Jr.
J. L. Brown
Mrs. J. L. Brown
Alan Browning, Jr.
T. J. Burroughs
J. E. Carter
Mrs. J. E. Carter
N. L. Causey
Sallie W. Christmas
Mrs. Mary Cole
Mrs. Annie Cole
J. M. Conklin
Wm. C. Crabtree
O. G. Crawford
R. D. Daniel
Mrs. Ida Daniel
Mary Helen Daniel
Fletcher R. Faucette
R. C. Faucette
Maggie E. Forrest
Ben B. Forrest
Mary Belle Forrest
S. M. Gattis, Sr.
S. M. Gattis, Jr.
Mrs. J. G. Godfrey
Mrs. Roan Graham
B. O. Hester
M. E. Hester
Frances N. Hester
J. C. Haley
Joe P. Hassell
Louise W. Hassell
Mrs. Henry Her
Mrs. Ida Johnson
W. H. Jordan
Wm. P. Jordan
Mrs. Annie Jordan
Cora H. Lewis
Annie C. Lockhart
A. T. Lloyd
Mary W. Lloyd
Thelbert W. Lloyd
Mr*. Thomas E. Lynch
Miss Emma Pogue
Carrie G. Porter
C. J. Ray
John C. Ray
J. Clyde Ray
J. R. Roach
C. G. Rosemond
J. C. Scott
Mrs. Mattie Taylor
C. C. Tilley
Mrs. C. C. Tilley
Annie Belle Tilley
C. D. Turner
J. F. Turner
Estelle Ward »
S. P. Lockhart
Carrie B. Lockhart
F. Y. Noell
W. B. Rosemond
Mrs. W. B. Rosemond
Sanctuary of Hillsborough Methodist Church
Cross carved by Mr. S. Strudivick, 1957
G. A. Brown
years ago the HILLSBORO CHARGE consisted of about seven
Churches. As late as the years 1940-1945, there were at least four churches
on this charge. Churches that were connected with our Church over the
past years are as follows:
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New Sharon Church — 1948. Seats 250;
Lebanon Methodist Church, organized in 1820; building erected in 1937.
The old building was destroyed in 1936. The church seats 250; member-
ship — 145
Union Grove Methodist Church was organized in 1846. Leaders were:
Thomas Long, Lemuel Carroll, Thomas C. Hayes, Calvin Bishop, and
Daniel Thomas. First pastor: Alson Gray. Cornerstone present building
laid 1946. This Church seats about 200; membership — 100
Cedar Grove Methodist Church was organized about 1830; present
building erected in 1937, seats 200, membership — 225
Netv Cedar Grove Church — 1937
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Eno Methodist Church was organized about 1913. This Church is lo-
cated in West Hillsboro. Membership: 147
Palmer's Grove Methodist Church was organized in the early 1920's.
The church was erected in 1938. Leaders in its organization were: E. T.
Blakeley, R. F. Murdock, and T. H. Yates. Membership: 106.
Choir Director, Organist, and Pianist Hillshoro Methodist Chinch
Mrs. Anne Lockhart served as Choir Director for several years; Mrs.
Pauline Lloyd served as Organist and Sunday School teacher for 25 years;
Miss Grace Bivins served as pianist; Mrs. Agnes Lloyd Mincey served as
pianist; Mrs. J. J. Ward served as pianist; Miss Frances Carter, pianist;
Mrs. E. R. Dowdy, Choir Director.
Walnut Grove Methodist Church
Organized about 1S50; building erected in 1939
OTHER HILLSBOROUGH CHURCHES
Hirst Baptist Church
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Hillsborough Baptist Church
Built 1854 by Capt. John Berry
Presbyterian. Church — 1816
Episcopal Church built 1824.
The land was given by Chief Justice
HILLSBOROUGH METHODIST CHURCH
Superintendents of Sunday School
1900 to 1961
H. N. Brown
J. A. Harris
N. W. Brown
A. T. Lloyd (Assistant)
'"Served longer than anyone else.
J. Clyde Ray (1925-1932)
G. A. Brown
J. B. Midgett*
Sunday School Teachers — 1900-1961
N. W. Brown
Mrs. N. W. Brown
Mr. G. A Brown
Mrs. H^fjf. Brown
Mr. Alan Browning (39 years)
Mrs. J. E. Blalock
Mrs. Stella Nicks Bartlett
Mr. Paul Carr
Mrs Bera Cates
Mr. Marion Clark
Mr. R. D. Daniels
Mrs. J. V. Early
Mrs. E. W. Fox
Miss Mary B. Forrest
Miss Maggie Forrest
Mrs. R. T. Haley
Mr. Vance Isenhour
Mr. Otto King-
Mrs. F. A. Lupton
Mrs. Pauline 0. Lloyd
A. A. Lloyd
Miss Rebecca Liner
Mrs. Moliy La.tca
Mr. J. B. Midgett
Dr. H. W. Moore
Mr. Vance Martin
Mrs. M. M. McFarland
Mrs. Agnes Lloyd Mincev
Mrs. S. F. Nicks
Mrs. J. R. Ormond
Mrs. Mamie Ray
Mr. J. C. Ray
Mrs. Mary Riley
Mrs. C. R. Ross
Mrs. W. E. Stewart
Mr. Ted Shoof
Mrs. Hattie D. Williams
Mr. 0. L. Thomas
Mrs. O. L. Thomas
Mrs.. J. F. Turner
Mrs. A. M. Williams
Mrs. Vera Whitaker
Mrs. Ira Ward
Mrs. J. J. Ward
Bacon, J. J.
Bason, Mrs. Earl
Ballard, Mrs. John
Brown, Mrs. J. L.
Methodist Church — 1961
Brown, Mrs. Lucius
Brown, Lucius, III
Brown, Herman, Jr.
Brown, G. A.
Brown, Mrs. G. A.
Browning, Mrs. Alan
Broili, Grace Mitchell
Burch, Mrs. Hugh
Gates, Mrs. M. L. Sr.
Cates, James R.
Cates, M. L. Jr.
Cates, Mrs. M. L. Jr.
Cates, Mrs. Chandler
Cates, Karl M.
Cates, Mrs. Madison
Cole, Mrs. Annie B.
Cole, Mrs. C. C.
Coman, J. H.
Coman, Mrs. J. H.
Carr, G. P., Sr.
Carr, Mrs. G. P., Sr.
Carr, Paul, Jr.
Cromer, Mrs. C. T.
Chance, Mrs. William
Conklin, Mrs. J. M.
Crabtree, Mrs. Jim
Crabtree, Mrs. N. D.
Crawford, Mrs. Ann
Dowdy, E. R.
Dowdy, Mrs. E. R.
Dowdy, Judy Carol
Forrest, Mrs. Billye
Forrest, Mrs. R. O.
Forrest, Mary B.
Forrest, Mrs. Virginia
Forrest, Mrs. Roy
Forrest, Mrs. Bobby
French, Grace Bernice
Gattis, Mrs. Virginia
Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. B. P., Sr.
Gordon, B. P., Jr.
Gilmore, Mrs. Robert
Gentry, Mrs. Paul
Hayes, Mrs. Maude
Huvane, Helen R.
James, Mrs. Oma
Kenyon, Mrs. Van
Kenyon, S. Alice
Kenyon, V. L., Ill
King, Mrs. Otto
King, W. C.
Kimbrough, S. T.
Kimbrough, Mrs. S. T.
Knight, Mrs. Clarence
Laws, Mrs. Ed
Latta, Mrs. Molly
Liner, E. C.
Liner, Mrs. E. C.
Liner, N. Carol
Liner, Miss Rebecca
Lloyd, A. A.
Lloyd, Nellie R. (Haithcock)
Loftin, Mrs. Dalton
Lockhart, Mrs. Annie
Lynch, Mrs. Daisy
Martin, Mrs. Vance
Marshall, R. C.
Marshall, Mrs. R. C.
Mays, H. M.
Mays, Mrs. H. M.
Midgett, J. B.
Miller, Mrs. Jack
Miller, Mrs. Cecil
Miller, Mrs. Leroy
Minnis, Mrs. Odell
Minnis, J. S.
Minnis, R. C, Jr.
Minnis, Mrs. R. C, Jr.
Mitchell, Mrs. Wm.
Mitchell, Wm., Jr.
Moore, Dr. H. W.
Moore, Mrs. H. W.
Moore, Faye T.
Noel, F. Y.
Nicks, Mrs. S. F.
Norris, Mrs. John
Patterson, Mrs. Quentin
Powell, Mrs. Horace
Parrish, C. B.
Parrish, Mrs. C. B.
Porter, F. R.
Riley, Mrs. Herbert
Reinhardt, Joe F.
Reinhardt, Mrs. Joe
Reinhardt, Harvy ^.
Reinhardt, &*m-^. ^^
Rheinhardt, Betty L.
Ray, J. Clyde
Ray, Mrs. Mamie
Richmond, Mrs. J. W.
Richmond, J. W., Jr.
Rhew, Mrs. Curtis
Rosemond, J. F.
Rosemond, Betty S.
Robinson, Mrs. Clifton
Rogers, Martha Lockhart
Smith, Mrs. Ted
Summey, Mrs. Warren
Sharpe, Mrs. Wayland
Smith, Mrs. H. L.
Shope, Mrs. J. M.
Shoaf, Mrs. Ted
Terrell, Mrs. Mary F.
Teer, Mrs. George
Teer, George, Jr.
Thomas, Mrs. 0. L.
Thomas, Mrs. Roy
Tatum, Mrs. Carolyn
Turner, Mrs. Bunn, Jr.
Turner, Mrs. Delma
Ward, Mrs. Ira
Warren, Mrs. Helen
Walker, Mrs. Frank
Williams, Mrs. Alton
Williams, P. R.
Walser, Mrs. R. C.
Whitaker, Donald Wright, Donald
Williams, Mrs. A. M. Wright, Mrs. Donald
Williams, Mrs. Peggy Jean Winstead, Jean
Worley, Annie L. Clark York, Ruby Laws
A map of Hillsborough,, 1839, was found in papers of John C. Bailey,
Southern Historical Collection, U. N. C.
Rouhlac Place, N. E. Town
Dennis Heartt Residence
Dr. Long (Son-in-law of James Webb)
Dr. James Webb's Residence
Dr. James Webb's Drug Store
Church Street (Now Tryon Street)
Hillsborough Methodist Church
Stephen Moore's Residence
(Now Dr. Murphy's Residence)
Kirkland's Tan Yard
Dennis Heartt Printing Shop
(Now A. H. Graham's Law Office)
Several Stores and Taverns
Mr. A. H. Graham's Residence — (Location first owned by Bishop
Sam Kirkland's Residence.
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Mrs. 0. L. Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Turner
J. Clyde Ray
S. M. Gattu
Charles James, died 1957
J. B. MlDGETT
Mr. "Speck" Faucette
A great friend of the young people
Dr. H. W. Moore
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